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Aihoshi's Free Zone: Community Matters

Posted May 18, 2009 by Dana Massey

Aihoshi's Free Zone: Community Matters

It's Monday, which means another column focused on the free to play MMO market by veteran gaming journalist Richard Aihoshi. This week, he hits back the argument often found in his discussion threads: that F2P MMOs intentionally disadvantage players who don't spend massive amounts of money on a game. Find out his opinion then let us know yours on the forums.

If communities are critically important, then why would developers design their games in a way that seriously disadvantages a substantial majority of their users, including the ones who don't buy anything plus those who only spend small amounts? Do they deliberately ignore all those players? Are literally hundreds of teams and thousands of designers afflicted with some malady that causes them all to be shortsighted in the same way? Or are they all simply that stupid?

Read it all here.

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